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First Timer - light duty gaming and schoolwork on a budget
by Rockchalk85
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Description

Just finished my first from scratch build! I needed a new daily driver, something that could handle some light gaming and some design software I'll be using next semester. Came in right at my budget of $700 with some recycled peripherals. Had an Amazon gift card so ordered most from there.

Build notes: Everything went well. I did my best on cable mgmt, the case connectors were the biggest PITA.

Component notes: the fan speed controller on the case is a toy. I don't know what I was expecting, but what I got was a joke. The power supply I got wasn't listed, its an OCZ 550W ZT series. Fully modular for $50.

I'd appreciate some tips on the cable management and in general, thanks! Sorry about the ****** pictures.

Details
Date PublishedMarch 28, 2014
AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle26.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load42.0° C
XFX Radeon R7 260X 2GB Core Edition Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.07Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate4.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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candy [2 Builds] 4 points 5 months ago

750 ti better for the price

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 3 points 5 months ago

not at all.. they're pretty much equal

 
 
candy [2 Builds] -2 points 5 months ago

Ehh true I guess. The 260x has a higher clock rate and more stream processors but the 750 ti scores better on benchmarks

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 7 points 5 months ago

more steam processors, higher clock rate, means absolutely nothing :D The 750Ti benchmarks and plays better, in all scenarios, than the 260X.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKy5ctjixaY

Crysis3 Gameplay, Settings on High with x4 AA and VSync on. The 750Ti kept a healthy 5-8 frames on the 260X at all times, and at one point, the 750 was holding 60fps for a considerable amount of time, while the 260X on the same scene, could barely hold 50.

I'd shell the extra 20 bucks for it. Hands down. But, if you don't have the extra cash, the 260X is the next best choice.

 
 
Rockchalk85 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

I'll keep this in mind, there's always upgrades.

 
 
TheNewGuy01 1 point 5 months ago

It is worth noting that the 750Ti also uses less power than the 260X. That being said, it saves more money and you don't need an external power connector.

 
 
Medio [2 Builds] 0 points 5 months ago

not really IMO. most 260x cards are only 1gb, so at higher resolutions it won't perform as well as the 750ti which are all 2gb. However he got the 2gb version of the 260x. So he made the right choice for the price, same performance, lower price. Minus the nvidia features, but is shadowplay really worth 20 bucks?

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 0 points 5 months ago

The 2GB 260X still lags behind the 750Ti, not by the same margin as the 1GB 260X, but still enough to notice. Again, depends on budget, and what you need.

"Is shadowplay really worth 20 bucks?" Considering a video capture solution that is anywhere as effective and seamless as Shadowplay costs 50+, yes. It is worth 20 bucks. Every penny (IMO).

 
 
Medio [2 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

well you can get other video capture sw for free. don't get me wrong i have it and i enjoy it, but i still don't think it would be the deciding factor for me if in the OPs shoes.

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

name one VCS that does not hinder graphic performance, records at current resolution, and has unlimited recording time, for free.

Get back to me :D

 
 
RockDaHouse [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

MSI Afterburner is free, can record at framerates higher than 30fps, will keep going until you run out or disk space, and has a very minor impact on performance - especially with that CPU.

 
 
Medio [2 Builds] -2 points 5 months ago

if you pirate.. all of them. not condoning, just saying.

 
 
candy [2 Builds] -2 points 5 months ago

Yeah, as I said, the 750 ti shows slightly better performance in benchmarks. (And games, too)

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 3 points 5 months ago

still, the 260X is ~20$ cheaper, so you get more bang for buck from the 260X. The 750Ti is still better, but only if you can shell the extra cash for it.

 
 
Jwood013 [1 Build] 3 points 5 months ago

Nvidia cards do have great features though.

 
 
Retroman 4 points 5 months ago

Yeah ShadowPlay is a great feature if your into recording funny moments in gameplay :)

 
 
bcredeur97 3 points 5 months ago

I would of went R7-265 GPU. higher power requirements, yes but the performance advantage is worth it imo.

other than that, great build! I'm sure you will enjoy it!

 
 
talby [9 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

+1 not to shabby and good prices on most of the parts. Lot of complaints about that case being cheap. I would flip the cpu HSF so it draws from the bottom and flows up, better cooling and helps overall case airflow. The cable mgmt isn't too bad, what I do is feed everything from behind the case and use the closest hole to the connector you need and use the area behind the mobo to take up any slack and only use the hdd / dvd bays for slack as a last resort.

cheers

 
 
Rockchalk85 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

This comment reminds me - anyone purchasing the cooler I used - power it on outside the case to check the airflow; the one I got pulls air through the fins instead of blowing it through them.

 
 
talby [9 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

strange, yours is backwards...

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro HSF review @ spcr

Note the lower three fins pointing downwards on the rear of the heatsink, they are supposed to force-cool the VRMs as air is passed through the heatsink.

It could be they changed that for the R2 version, but it's a radical one for sure

 
 
J03Z95 1 point 5 months ago

I was thinking about getting the R7 260x how are you finding it? :)

 
 
Rockchalk85 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

good so far, unfortunately I forgot to budget for games so I've only been testing it with movies and such.

Keeps decently cool but is definitely the hottest component in the case (45C at load).

Very small physical size, would be awesome in a micro build.

 
 
RockDaHouse [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

45° is fine, my 270x runs at 60° without any issues.

 
 
Medio [2 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Your PSU doesn't match the pictures. You're card runs a little too cool if it's at 45 with load. Just download a free benchmarking tool, google unigine valley. If you're vid card is still that cool durring benchmarking on high graphic settings, I'd be wondering if it has enough power. I briefly took a look at some of the OCZ PSU's and some have pretty low AMP ratings. Anyway your card at full capacity should run alot hotter than that. Take a look: http://media.bestofmicro.com/T/7/404107/original/08-Temperatures.png

Nice build though, the 260x is a great card. I recently built a rig for my brother in law and it is very similar to this build: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/O3A

 
 
littlekat11 [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Not bad at all +1

 
 
zetacomfeeling [2 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

good job very similar build to mine check it out!!!! http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/Oqc

+1

 
 
FrancisGat -2 points 5 months ago

Good job for your first build, I have to ask though. Windows 7?

 
 
yobrobob [2 Builds] 3 points 5 months ago

Some people don't like Windows 8, and do not use Linux for whatever reason, so they use Windows 7

 
 
Rockchalk85 [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 5 months ago

While doing some research on the mobo I discovered a few known issues with win8. I figured I would hold out until those are addressed as I have a free upgrade to win8 through my university. Linux does not play nice with this board either, apparently.

 
 
thesupergeek [3 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

PFFFT. Linux plays nice with everything. It just takes some tweaking sometimes. My toaster can run linux.